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Firefighters assist one of their own

Firefighters assist one of their own
Firefighters assist one of their own
Boone Township Volunteer Fire Chief Jeff Hess holds a box with raffle entries while Tony Combs draws the winning name. Proceeds from the raffle, won by T.J. Brown of Elizabeth, were donated to Jimmy Mayfield and family after he was paralyzed earlier this summer in a fall. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor
Firefighters assist one of their own
Jimmy Mayfield

A long-time firefighter and his family are now on the receiving end of assistance following a life-changing injury.

Jimmy Mayfield, deputy chief of the Georgetown Township Fire Protection District, was seriously injured during a fall June 5 at his home east of Corydon and is paralyzed.

His wife, Danette, said they were working on the roof of their home to put tin on the back deck so they could sit underneath it during rainstorms and enjoy their outside space more. As Jimmy climbed to the roof, the ladder gave way, causing him to fall about 12 feet and land on the ladder. He immediately realized he couldn’t feel his legs.

Ultimately, Jimmy had fractures at the T4-5 area of his spine, multiple rib fractures on his right side and was paralyzed from the chest line down, his wife said.

Since the accident, Jimmy, who was elected as the Harrison Township trustee in 2018, has had 14 surgeries and undergone various treatment plans. Multiple infections have hindered his recovery process throughout the time as well.

His family and friends are asking for help from Harrison County residents.

“Because of him coming home in a wheelchair, we have had to do a lot of remodeling to our house,” Danette said in a video posted to a fund-raising page made for Jimmy. “We had a team come out who placed a ramp to get into the house, we had to pull up all our carpet to replace with hardwood flooring and we know we will need a wheelchair-accessible vehicle soon. He will have a lot of therapy visits, too.”

The fund-raising page has a goal of $25,000, and, as of yesterday (Tuesday), has had about $3,300 donated thus far. Money donated will be used to alleviate some of the financial stress that comes along with the type of equipment needed for a good quality of life for Jimmy, hospital expenses and various other needs.

Jimmy has worked extensively with fire departments in the area for about 20 years, according to William Banta, chief of the Georgetown Fire Dept. He also headed up a program called Responding to First Responders, which helps firefighters and other emergency responders deal with PTSD and anxiety issues.

His contributions have not gone unnoticed either as various fire departments have joined in raising funds for the Mayfield family.

The Harrison Township Fire Dept. used two roadblocks, which normally would have been for the WHAS Crusade for Children, as fundraising for the Mayfields. And, the Boone Township Volunteer Fire Dept., which had planned a raffle as a fundraiser for the department, donated the proceeds from to the family as well. (T.J. Brown of Elizabeth was the winner of the raffle, which included a chainsaw, leaf blower and weed eater.)

Boone chief Jeff Hess said this was better use of the money.

“I can go on and on about his service to our community and what he has contributed to me and our team as a leader,” said Banta. “He is such an asset to this department. He has served this community for so long, and we need to repay him for the service he has done for us.”

To donate to the Mayfield family, go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/jimmayfield.

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